FAQ

What is the PA application process?

The majority of the PA application process may be completed on-line. Once the application has been submitted, the fingerprint cards have been received in the Board office the application process begins. If the PA has held a license in other state(s) letters will be sent out to last places of employment and supervising physicians. A file will be deemed complete once all license verifications have been received, back ground check has been completed, all correspondence from last place of employment and supervising physicians have been received.

Does the North Dakota Board of Medicine issue temporary licenses for PA's?

The North Dakota Board of Medicine does not issue temporary licenses for PA's.

Can I submit my application if information is missing?

You must submit your PA application on-line, and send by mail two fully completed fingerprint cards and the Personal Authorization for Criminal Record Inquiry Form completed.

What are the application and renewal fees for a PA?

The fee for initial licensure of a physician assistant is fifty dollars ($50.00). The annual online renewal fee is fifty five dollars ($55.00). The fee for approval of employment contract changes is twenty-five dollars ($25.00). The fee for background check is $40.00, payable via money order only to the Office of the Attorney General. 

What could hold up/delay my application?

Failure to submit fingerprint cards, background authorization, and fees is a major reason for delay. Processing will not begin without those items being submitted.

If you answer any of the personal data questions with a "yes" answer, please submit all original supporting documentation and request that the court(s), police department, etc. send their documentation/transcripts directly to the North Dakota Board of Medicine.

Where can I obtain fingerprint cards?

Fingerprint cards can be obtained at any local law enforcement agency or by contacting the Board to have them mailed out.

Do I need a primary supervising physician prior to applying for a PA license?

Yes, the primary supervising physician must sign the PA’s initial application and the physician shall file with the board a copy of the contract establishing that relationship. That contract must be approved by the Board of Medicine.

The contract must be confirmed annually by completing and filing with the board such forms as are requested and provided by the board. The board must be notified within seventy-two hours of any contract termination or modification.

Every physician who supervises a physician assistant under this chapter must practice medicine in North Dakota. No physician may act as a supervising physician for any physician assistant who is a member of the physician's immediate family unless specific authorization for such supervision has been approved by the board of medical examiners. For purposes of this section, "immediate family" means a spouse, parent, child, or sibling of the supervising physician.

How long does it take for a PA application to be processed and a license to be issued?

Processing time of a PA application varies. We strive to process each application in a timely manner; however, the time does vary for each application. If the physician assistant has just completed a physician assistant program the processing time is typically a couple of weeks. If the physician assistant has held other state licenses, has worked at numerous facilities, and has had numerous supervising physicians, the processing time can be from 60-90 day dependent upon receiving the requested documentation back from last places of employment and supervising physicians.

Can I continue to practice as a PA without a current NCCPA certificate?

No, you may not practice in North Dakota without a current NCCPA certificate.

Can third parties contact the NDBOM for information on the status of a pending PA license application?

Yes, third parties can check on the status of a pending application.

Does a PA have a "scope of practice"?

PA’s may perform only those duties and responsibilities that are delegated by their supervising physicians. No supervising physician may delegate to a PA any duty or responsibility for which the PA has not been adequately trained. PA’s are the agents of their supervising physicians in the performance of all practice-related activities. A PA may provide patient care only in those areas of medical practice where the supervising physician provides patient care.

Can a PA prescribe controlled substances?

A physician assistant may prescribe medications as delegated to do so by a supervising physician. This may include schedule II through V controlled substances. A physician assistant who is a delegated prescriber of controlled substances must register with the federal drug enforcement administration.
 

Does a PA need to renew his/her license every year?

PA’s renew annually.

How do I add a supervising physician?

Complete the supervision contract and submit payment of $25.00. The supervision contract is available www.ndbom.org. The board must be notified within seventy-two hours of any contract termination or modification.

How do I change practice location(s)?

Complete a supervision contract and submit payment of $25.00. The supervision contract is available at www.ndbom.org. The board must be notified within seventy-two hours of any contract termination or modification.

How do I remove a supervising physician?

Notify the Board in writing to remove a supervising physician. The board must be notified within seventy-two hours of any contract termination or modification.

How many PA's can a physician supervise?

Subject to approval by the board, a physician may act as primary supervising physician for such number of PA’s as is consistent with good medical practice, considering the type and circumstance of the physician’s practice and the authority delegated to the PA and which permits the physician to fulfill all supervisory duties required by law.

How often must a primary supervising physician meet with the PA?

"Supervision" means overseeing the activities of, and accepting the responsibility for, the medical services rendered by a physician assistant. Supervision shall be continuous but shall not be construed as necessarily requiring the physical presence of the supervising physician at the time and place that the services are rendered. It is the responsibility of the supervising physician to direct and review the work, records, and practice of the physician assistant on a continuous basis to ensure that appropriate and safe treatment is rendered. The supervising physician must be available continuously for contact personally or by telephone or other electronic means. It is the obligation of each team of physicians and physician assistants to ensure that the physician assistant’s scope of practice is identified; that delegation of medical tasks is appropriate to the physician assistant’s level of competence; that the relationship of, and access to, the supervising physician is defined; and that a process for evaluation of the physician assistant’s performance is established.

Is on-site, physical presence of supervising physician required at all times the PA is practicing?

"Supervision" means overseeing the activities of, and accepting the responsibility for, the medical services rendered by a physician assistant. Supervision shall be continuous but shall not be construed as necessarily requiring the physical presence of the supervising physician at the time and place that the services are rendered. It is the responsibility of the supervising physician to direct and review the work, records, and practice of the physician assistant on a continuous basis to ensure that appropriate and safe treatment is rendered. The supervising physician must be available continuously for contact personally or by telephone or other electronic means. It is the obligation of each team of physicians and physician assistants to ensure that the physician assistant’s scope of practice is identified; that delegation of medical tasks is appropriate to the physician assistant’s level of competence; that the relationship of, and access to, the supervising physician is defined; and that a process for evaluation of the physician assistant’s performance is established.

Is the primary supervising physician responsible for the PA's medical acts?

"Supervision" means overseeing the activities of, and accepting the responsibility for, the medical services rendered by a physician assistant.

May a physician assistant supervise a physician in a residency training program?

A physician assistant may not supervise a physician in a residency training program.

My PA license expired due to non-renewal. How do I reactivate/reinstate it?

Contact the North Dakota Board of Medicine.

My supervising physician is going to be absent for a few days. Do I need to have a different physician supervising me?

Under no circumstances shall the supervising physician designate the physician assistant to take over the physician's duties or cover the physician's practice. During any absence or temporary disability of a supervising physician, it is mandatory that the supervising physician designate a substitute physician to assume all duties and responsibilities of the supervising physician. The physician assistant, during this period, will be responsible to the substitute physician. The designation of a substitute supervising physician must be in writing; signed by the supervising physician, the substitute supervising physician, and the physician assistant; and contain the following information:

a. The name of the substitute supervising physician.

b. The period during which the substitute supervising physician will assume the duties and responsibilities of the supervising physician.

c. Any substantive change in the physician assistant's duties or responsibilities.

The appointment of a substitute supervising physician does not become effective unless it is first approved by the Board of Medicine. You may down load the substitute supervising physician form at www.ndbom.org

How many PA's are licensed in North Dakota?

There are over 400 physician assistants licensed in North Dakota.

If I fail to renew my license, how much time do I have before my license is made inactive?

Provided that all renewal requirements are deemed by the board to be met, a physician assistant who applies for renewal of a physician assistant license within thirty-one days of the expiration date of that license shall be granted a license with an effective date of the first day following expiration of the physician assistant’s license. Nothing in this rule shall be construed to affect the board’s ability to impose statutory fines or other disciplinary action against a physician assistant for failing to renew a license prior to its expiration date or for practicing with an expired license.